PITTSFORD - Approximately $944,000 in taxpayer funding will be made available for state law enforcement and first responders.
The Vermont Department of Public Safety will receive $506,000 to improve communications equipment and technology.
Another $250,000 will allow the Vermont State Police to take advantage of the most advanced in-cruiser camera technology available, according to Col. Tom L'Esperance, the state police director.
"This technology will ensure Vermont State Police meet our goals of flawless evidence collection, efficient investigations, swift prosecution, transparent performance, and bias-free policing," he said.
In addition, $188,000 was secured to support driver training at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. The funding was for a driver training simulator, which will help the academy deliver versatile, portable, highly-advanced driver training to law enforcement recruits.
In addition to Tremblay and L'Esperance, other participants in the kickoff news conference at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters included R.J. Elrick, director of the Vermont Police Academy, Paul Duquette, chief of the Newport Police Department, Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux and Al Barber chief of the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department.